Fujifilm launches Ultra Compact “INSTAX Pal”


Fujifilm has launched the minuscule Fujifilm Instax Pal camera as well as the new Soft Lavender Mini film.

In USA, the INSTAX PAL digital camera will be sold bundled with the INSTAX MINI LINK 2 Smartphone printer and a 10-pack of INSTAX MINI film for $199.95.

In other countries you get it also without printer, for example in UK here, for about $100 (£89).

Press Release and Launch Videos, Fuji Guys

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Viltrox 20mm f/2.8 First Specs Leaked


According to the official Viltrox time indication given here, the Viltrox 20mm f/2.8 should come in Q4 2023.

But it looks like the manual for that lens is already circulating, as a spy image (see above) of it have been spotted and shared at the Chinese social media platform Weibo (found via 独立摄影师联合会).

Also, first specs have leaked:

  • AF 20mm F2.8
  • Minimum shooting distance: 0.19m
  • Filter diameter: 52mm
  • AF: STM
  • Weight: 200g or less and may be lighter than a smartphone
  • Sony E・Fuji X・Nikon Z
  • It will be officially announced for Sony E in early October.

It will be available for full frame Sony E and Nikon Z mount as well as for APS-C Fujifilm X mount.

via 独立摄影师联合会 via asobinet


Fujifilm GFX100 II Owners Manual Available


Fujifilm GFX100 II Owners Manual

The Fujifilm GFX100 II owner’s manual is now available in html here and PDF here.


Topaz Labs Photo AI 2.0 Sale is Ending Soon


The offer on Topaz Photo AI 2 is ending. You can save $40 until September 22.

It’s a major update, the biggest update in fact since Photo AI has been launched.

You can read all the details at the dedicated Topaz Labs Photo AI 2 page here.

Topaz Photo AI merges the incredibly efficient DeNoise AI, Gigapixel AI and Sharpen AI into one single software for a massive usability improvement! And in addition to that, Topaz Photo AI also offers new features like the full Autopilot mode and more.


Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F0.9 Disassembly


Yukosteel did it again: he disassembled yet another lens.

This time the victim is the Voigtländer NOKTON 35mm f/0.9 and you can read the full article as well as see the images here.

In his conclusions he writes:

I’m not surprised to see that Voigtlander 35mm F0.9 Nokton Aspherical lens has very advanced build with extremely high machining quality of all parts. It is quite complex lens optically and mechanically and its proper maintenance and even basic cleaning requires highly skilled actions.

I would not recommend to perform any DIY cleaning and repair even if you have good experience working with lenses – it’s one of that more rare cases when I’d personally ship the lens to service center instead of attempting to repair it myself.

The build is very robust and solid, lots of large durable bolts are used to hold precisely machined parts together, and inner frame is all crafted from thick metal. Lots of brass is used for helicoid guiders including FLE mechanics, and aperture transmission is beautifully crafted too.

Personally I think the weakest spot of this lens is its electronics which may get potentially damaged or broken over decades of intense use, but that will not affect mechanical and optical performance of Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F0.9 in any way, so in general it’s very reliable tool that can serve for generations if properly maintained.

Nokton Lenses for Fujifilm X mount.